I'm at the end of my Get Driver Fit challenge. I spent seven weeks focusing on working out most days and eating the right foods more often than not. It's time to look at my final results and see what the numbers say.
I'm happy with the dedication I showed in my workouts. I started a habit of doing 40 minutes of cardio most days during the last seven weeks.
I didn't see a lot of weight come off which might seem weird, but my body composition has changed tremendously.
Here's a before and after video from the night of my final results:
My final results
Like I said above, I'm happy with my final results. I built a habit of fitness and health back into my daily routine. I might not win an award for losing the most weight in seven weeks, but my plan is sustainable.
Sit and reach
6 weeks ago: 0 cm
Now: 8 cm
I felt good doing this stretch. I found a video on YouTube showing a variation of the Yoga position, Downward Facing Dog. I tried it out and found my hamstrings really loosened up. This stretch is definitely a winner for me, and I'll keep it up as I move forward.
Beginning: 260 m
Now: 200 m
The first time I did the shuttle run, we had lots of space because it was done at the Formula 1 track. The shuttle run course was 30 m that night.
During the finale, there wasn't as much room. We did the challenge using cones 10 m apart.
The first night I did 13 direction changes and I had space to get up to full speed. In contrast, on the final night, I did 19 direction changes on the much shorter course.
I would have liked to come closer to my fist night's performance, but I'm not going to stress out about it…. beyond sitting here figuring out how many times I changed direction each time.
I focused on going all the way down. I could have done a lot more if I was cheating. I think 45 “legit” push ups in one minute is good. The instructors told us we could drop to our knees, but I chose to count only ones done on my toes.
Lay down and stand up
Beginning: 24 (but I accidentally cheated)
18 is a solid number for this exercise. I'm happy with this.
I found a great video on YouTube where it showed a guy rolling up without using his hands. I tried to emulate that, but my flexibility wasn't in a place to let me do that. Instead I focused on economy of movement. I rolled up in a linear fashion and tried to push up from both hands equally. I hated this exercise the first time I did it, but now it's just something else I can do. I don't think I'll go out and do these every day, but who knows. They're actually really tough.
Beginning: 60 – I think
Now – 60
I focused on going down so my thighs were parallel with the ground. I went as fast as I could, but when you're going deep, it takes longer to perform them. I could have done better, but I felt like I was going pretty fast.
My body measurements
The body measurements are harder to measure. The numbers all have different possible totals. Total possible points was 50. My score of 23 shows there's still room for improvement.
Here's how that breaks down:
- Waist to hip ratio:___/20
- Waist to height___/4
- BMI: ___/20
That's the end of the challenge for me.
There were a lot of positives that came out of it.
My biggest takeaway is that I set up my routine of working out most days. Not every day. Not 5 days a week. Just most days. I don't want to think in terms of absolutes.
From here, I'll keep up my routine and make it a permanent part of my life. I guess the weirdest thing is that I never thought I'd ever get out of shape. But work and life often get in the way of well laid-out plans.
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